So the very first time I wore this jacket I was sold. I went out to recover an animal that we had harvested a day before. We had to crawl through super tight alders, and the odd berry thorn bush. I was reluctant to wear my new jacket because of the terrain we were going through but the rain was coming down super hard and I figured I would test it. I was trying to be gentle on it at first but then I just started crashing through the bush. It held up great against the thorns and branches. I was very impressed. As for waterproof, I'm sure it is in normal to harsh conditions but this was a rediculous outting on our hands and knees, crawling in the thick wet trees, there wasn't a dry spot on my body so being wet up top was the least of my worries. I would difinitely recommend this jacket for any use.